Blocking Reiland Shawl
Magic is not too strong a word to use when talking about blocking. Blocking can do so much for your knitting. It can take fuzzy lumps of knitting to beautiful lace masterpieces. It smooths out edges, makes points pointier, and makes everything more lovely. This tutorial is written by Corrina Ferguson, designer of Reiland.
- Wool Wash
- Blocking Wires
- Blocking Mats (Optionally you can use a carpeted or soft surface that you can pin into, but mats work best and are a good knitter’s investment)
Today we are talking about blocking the Reiland Shawl. It’s an easy shawl to block if you take just a bit of care in blocking. For the Reiland Shawl I worked with wires and pins.
First you soak your shawl
You wove in all your ends right? You don’t want anything unraveling on you. That’s a knitter’s nightmare! When you soak a shawl use warm water and a wool wash if desired. Make sure to soak for at least 30 minutes to insure all the fibers are thoroughly saturated. Then gently wring out all the excess liquid and let’s get to work.
Establish your corners
To start with you need to establish your corners. As you are pinning the corners, make sure the edges line up straight. This shawl pinned out for me to 52” across the top and 26” deep. You might be able to stretch it further. Just make sure that when you establish the corners you leave some give for pulling out all the other points.
Make the rounded rectangle shape
Next you use pins to make the wires lay out straight to the rounded rectangle shape we desire. You might have to use multiple pins along the edges to hold the wires in place. Don’t be afraid to really stretch the lace – it will look more beautiful that way!
Eventually you will have something evenly pinned out like this. I like to step back from work and see where I’ve made things uneven so I can smooth things out and repin.
Then leave your work alone!!!
Make sure your shawl is completely dry before you unpin it. And I do mean completely dry. If you unpin your shawl while it’s still damp you will have wasted all your blocking time. And finally wear your masterpiece with pride!